The aftermath of any work-related accident is challenging for anyone, but the challenges are especially intense for maritime workers. Not only is this type of work more dangerous than most other professions, frequently resulting in catastrophic injuries, but the legal process for maritime workers to receive compensation is considerably more complex and difficult, as well. With the Jones Act and Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act regulating workplace accident claims in the industry, it is essential to work with a lawyer who has experience handling these claims successfully.
Our maritime injury lawyers can help you. Hofmann & Schweitzer, we are extremely proud of the exceptional reputation we have earned in maritime injury litigation. With more than 35 years of experience representing New York City and New Jersey clients in all types of workplace injury claims, we have a remarkable track record of successful verdicts and settlements won for our clients in maritime injury claims.
We represent clients in claims brought under both of the essential maritime injury laws:
- Jones Act claims: The Jones Act covers those who live and work on water vessels. This can include ships, oil rigs and other vessels that are actually out at sea. Depending on the exact work you do, it could be complicated to determine whether you are considered a "seaman" under the legal definition and thus afforded protection under the Jones Act.
- Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act claims: These claims involve those who work in the maritime industry but are not considered seamen working on a vessel at sea. In most cases, this can include those working on docks, repairing ships or doing related on-shore work with boats.
Following an accident, it is important that you call a lawyer right away. Too often, people trust their employers and their insurance companies, only to say things that result in reduced or denied claims.
If you have been hurt in a maritime accident, DO NOT:
- Sign papers without consulting with a maritime injury lawyer
- Give a recorded statement
- Delay in seeing a doctor
- Agree to a settlement before talking with a maritime injury attorney
- Let your employer pressure you to go back to work before you are ready
- Wait too long to file a maritime accident claim
You have rights, including the right to work with an attorney. We have the experience and knowledge to protect your rights and make sure you get the full compensation for your injuries. Let us help you through the process.
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For information regarding your legal options, contact one of our knowledgeable maritime lawyers Toll Free at 800-362-9329 (212-465-8840).